The Basilica Concert Series will begin on Friday, October 12, at 7:00 pm, with a program called “Guided By Our Lady: A musical reflection of the church year through the chants of Our Lady” featuring a number of Peabody students and alumni. Alumni Arianna Arnold (MM ’18, Voice), Taylor Boykins (MM ’14, Voice), Thomas Hochla (MM ’16, Voice), Christina Manceor (MM ’17, Percussion), Edmund Scott Miller (MM ’15, Composition, Music Theory Pedagogy), Rebecca Roy (MM ’15, Voice), and Amanda Williams (MM ’13, GPD ’14, Voice) with current students Henry Hubbard, voice, Daveen Rim, voice, and Edwin Sungpil Kim, piano, are all featured in the concert, which will take place at America’s first cathedral, the Baltimore Basilica. The program will consist of music by Palestrina, Moses Hogan, Biebl, a premiere of an a cappella piece called “At the Hill of Golgotha” by Kim, and many others. This event is free, but donations are encouraged.
Soprano Christine Lyons (MM ’16, Voice) won the Grand Prize in the Mary Trueman Art Song Competition and subsequently will be presented in recital in New York with pianist Tom Muraco in May of 2019. She also won a Grant Award from The Gerda Lissner Foundation in their Song/Lieder Competition and will be presented in a winner’s recital at the Liederkranz Foundation in New York in November.
On September 23, 2018, Alex Rosen (BM ’14, Voice) won second prize in the Hugo-Wolf Akademie International Competition in Stuttgart, Germany.
Peabody archivist Matt Testa participated in a panel discussion during the New Music DC Conference. The conference also featured a number of Peabody students and alumni, including, Zach Gulaboff Davis, composition; Cody McVey, composition; Sarah Jane Thomas, violin; Peter Dayton (MM ‘16, Composition); and Katie Procell (MM ‘18, Voice). The conference was presented by District New Music Coalition and took place September 15 and 16 at Georgetown University.
The In Series’ production of Viva V.E.R.D.I.: The Promised End, text and conceptual realization by In Series artistic director Timothy Nelson (BM ’04, Composition), was well reviewed by Anne Midgette of the Washington Post, and features alumni Natalie Conte (MM ’06, Voice), John T.K. Scherch (MM ’17, Voice/Pedagogy), and Teresa Ferrara (MM ‘18, Voice).